Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • E2 Northeast Advocate

    Job Locations US-NY-New York
    Posted Date 3 months ago(7/31/2019 1:31 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Center for Policy Advocacy [101000]
  • Overview

    The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of 3.1 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, and many of the implementing regulations; our water enforcement cases played a major role shaping current water policy throughout the country. Today, our staff of more than 500 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy and communications experts, and others, work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bozeman, Montana, and Beijing.


    NRDC’s Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) affiliate is the business voice for the environment. E2 is a national, nonpartisan group of business owners, investors and others who advocate for policies that are good for the environment and good for the economy. E2’s 5,000 members and supporters, organized in nine chapters stretching from New England to San Diego, have founded or funded more than 2,500 companies; created more than 600,000 jobs and control more than $100 billion in private equity and venture capital. E2 is a part of NRDC’s Center for Policy Advocacy department.


    Position Summary:


    NRDC is seeking an E2 Northeast Advocate, based in New York, to lead and coordinate E2’s advocacy and chapter organizing work in the Northeast region, including the recruitment, engagement and deployment of business leaders and other messengers to advance E2’s and NRDC’s advocacy work at the state, regional and federal levels.


    Job duties include identifying, organizing, engaging and amplifying business leaders to support our advocacy for climate, clean energy, clean water, smart transportation and other policies at the intersection of the environment and the economy. This includes building relationships with business leaders and lawmakers, recruiting new E2 members, organizing E2 chapter events, helping developing communication pieces and coordinating with E2 and NRDC staff other in-state partners. The ideal candidate is a self-starter with experience working with businesses or the private sector, or has experience building and managing volunteer-led organizations.


    The E2 Northeast Advocate should be a dynamic professional who will:

    • Lead E2’s efforts to build and amplify business support for climate, clean energy and clean transportation policies in New York, Pennsylvania and throughout New England.
    • Be point person on developing and executing strategy to build E2’s New York and New England chapters.
    • Manage E2 advocacy consultants in the region.
    • Identify and recruit business leaders for advocacy purposes in key states in the region, with emphasis given to overseeing expansion in Pennsylvania.
    • Engage business leaders on an ongoing basis, through personal outreach and by organizing region-specific programs and events, such as business roundtables, networking receptions, expert forums/workshops and meetings with officials.
    • Identify opportunities to deploy business leaders for direct advocacy and media outreach in support of relevant federal and state-level clean energy/climate policies.
    • Coordinate with allies, including other business /trade association groups.
    • The E2 Northeast Advocate will report to E2's Director of Member and State Engagement.
    • Expect frequent travel and occasional evening events.


    The ideal candidate will possess:


    • This is not an entry level position. At least 5 years of relevant professional work experience is required.  Please do not apply if you do not meet this requirement.
    • Experience recruiting and engaging business people for advocacy purposes, with appreciation for community-building elements of the endeavor.
    • Existing relationships with business, clean energy or related organizations in New York, New England and surrounding areas
    • Demonstrated ability to build networks and work in partnership with the private sector, NGOs and volunteer organizations.
    • Knowledge of clean energy and/or climate policy issues, and preferably, issue-based advocacy experience.
    • Respect for the value of the business perspective, and ability to reconcile business and environmental perspectives in a productive fashion.
    • Self-starter, comfortable coordinating with multiple players inside and outside E2/NRDC.
    • Good interpersonal skills and ability to build personal relationships easily.
    • Strong communication skills.
    • Highly organized, with strong attention to follow-up.
    • Must reside in New York or be willing to relocate to New York.


    NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity and expression, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, for positions based in San Francisco, CA we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


    To apply, please visit and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal.  We would like you to upload any additional papers or project work that you think would showcase your abilities. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 


    If you are having technical difficulty while applying, please reach out to Customer Care by dialing 1-800-889-4422.


    For further information about NRDC, please visit


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